The Linux Kernel: Configuring the Kernel Part 10

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  1. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    If I find bugs...I normally do not. Even RC kernels are stable..;)


    Yeah, my kernels are not slimmed down. Definitely need to though. I setup my kernel for my wifi, and have not spent the time to slim the kernel. I think I will try to make a slim 3.12-rc1. As long as I have a stable kernel for school I don't mind having numerous testing kernels.
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    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I do not know how to do it, but there is a way to implement drivers from newer kernels into older kernels. You may want to look into that if you are ever concerned about using an RC kernel.
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    I believe you're referring to compat-drivers : https://backports.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Main_Page

    Never needed them myself (plus it actually seems like less trouble to just build a new kernel).

    I run a 3.10 kernel simply because 3.2 was causing some power management related lock ups on my (old and crap) hardware.
  4. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Some type of backporting?? Technically you could get ANY kernel to run on ANY hardware if you spent enough time on it. Enough hacking and it does not resemble the original kernel. A hybrid.
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    Some distributions such as Debian, backport drivers and security fixes into the their kernels, so it's not unheard of. compat-drivers is just backported kernel modules as far as I know.
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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Code:
    ryanvade@ryan-linux-laptop:~$ ls -lh  /boot/vmlinu*
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5.2M Sep  8 21:47 /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5.2M Sep 15 21:16 /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.1
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4.7M Sep 29 16:29 /boot/vmlinuz-3.12.0-rc2-slim
    -rw------- 1 root root 5.2M Aug 22 16:21 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-30-generic
    
    Slowly but surely, slimming down.
    And using 3.12...
    Just looked at kernel.org...3.12-rc3 is out...and I just got done with -rc2 :confused:
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013

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